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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture issues disaster declaration for 23 counties in state
LITTLE ROCK – Twenty-three counties in Arkansas have been declared disaster areas
by the U.S. Department of of Agriculture, making growers and other property owners
in those counties eligible to apply for emergency loans through the USDA’s Farm Service
Dry land remains elusive for east Arkansas growers affected by flooding
LITTLE ROCK — East Arkansas growers hoping to take the next step toward coping with
the 2017 growing season — assessing damage and the feasibility of replanting — will
likely have another week’s wait ahead of them at the least, experts with the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service said this
Public asked to collect ticks as part of study of insect-borne diseases
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – It’s hard to avoid blood-sucking ticks when the weather gets
warm, but the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture wants you to use
that to your advantage as part of a statewide citizen-scientist study of ticks and
the diseases they carry.
Cool overnight temperatures slowing bermudagrass growth
LITTLE ROCK – As the spring of 2017 continues to take its toll on various crops, primarily
in the eastern portion of the state, cool nighttime temperatures in the northern portion
of Arkansas have additionally slowed the growth of bermudagrass, a grazing forage
grass for many cattle operations.
Keep up with weed control in horse pastures
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Most forage plants are not well suited for the grazing behavior
of horses, said Dirk Philipp, forage researcher for the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
Benton, Grant county teams head national 4-H competition with remote-controlled submersibles
LITTLE ROCK – Seven youths from Grant and Benton counties will be representing Arkansas
at the 2017 National SeaPerch Challenge in Atlanta on May 19-20, a competition that
puts the emphasis on engineering as each team puts its remotely operated underwater
vehicle through its paces.
MAINBAR: As floodwater heads to gulf, ag flood damage estimate widens to $175 million
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – As floodwater from late April’s inundation spread southward through
Arkansas, its destructive reach expanded to 977,800 acres of farmland and the dollar
value of its damage has grown so far to about $175 million, according to an updated
estimate released Tuesday by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
SIDEBAR: Key numbers from latest Div of Ag farm/flooding damage estimate
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Here are key numbers from Tuesday’s storm/flood damage estimate
from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture:
Community development conference to focus on 21st century economy
LITTLE ROCK – Communities that have a lot to offer both residents and visitors may
be missing out on priceless opportunities when they decline to engage the outside
world through the premier communications medium of the 21st century: The Internet.
After the flood, read label before reapplying herbicide
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The excessive water in flooded farm fields presents challenges
for effective weed control, said Bob Scott, extension weed scientist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Number of active cotton gins in Arkansas on the rise
JONESBORO, Ark. – While the number of cotton gins has broadly declined in Arkansas
since 2000, the number of active gins increased by five in 2016 to 31, said Scott
Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Seed supplies, choices may prove tight when waters recede
LITTLE ROCK – As the record flooding that struck northeast Arkansas less than two
weeks ago has begun to crest and gradually recede in some affected areas, many growers
and agricultural industry experts are waiting to learn what can be salvaged of the
remaining planting season.
Replacing valuable papers after a disaster
LITTLE ROCK — When preparing for or recovering from a disaster, it’s important to
know how to replace valuable papers. Documents such as birth certificates, insurance
policies, and health records may be lost or destroyed. Prompt replacement prevents
delays when the documents are needed.
Emerald ash borer confirmed in Montgomery, Pike and Garland counties
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas State Plant Board has confirmed the presence of the emerald
ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, in Montgomery, Pike
and Garland counties.
Handling food safely after a flood
LITTLE ROCK – Flooding can threaten lives in many ways, even after rivers return to
their banks as water can contaminate homes and food and water supplies with disease
organisms, dirt and chemicals, said food safety experts with the Cooperative Extension
Experience Arkansas Wines event set for May 18 in Bentonville
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Whether a wine enthusiast or a winemaker, you’ll want to have
a set at Experience Arkansas Wines, a workshop and tasting reception on May 18 at
Brightwater in Bentonville.
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas farmers hit by flooding can expect an expedited disaster declaration,
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Sunday following a flyover of northeast
Watermelons get top billing at June 15 SWREC Horticulture Field Day in Hope
HOPE, Ark. – The town whose first claim to fame was its giant watermelons, is now
host to research into better ways to grow one of summer’s favorite fruits; research
that will be showcased at the June 15 Horticulture Field Day at the Southwest Research
and Extension Center.
U of A System Division of Agriculture puts preliminary crop flood damage at $64.5
STUTTGART, Ark. – With flooding and other storm effects battering some 937,000 acres
of Arkansas cropland, losses to farmers could hit $64.5 million, according to a preliminary
estimate released Thursday by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
As floodwaters continue to rise, rice growers face replanting, with caveats
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas farmers who speedily planted rice in places where it hadn’t
been for years, may suffer a double whammy both from losses due to flooding and the
tight restrictions for replanting placed on them by the 2014 Farm Bill.
NWArkansas assesses flood aftermath, recovery
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Heavy rain caused heavy floods in northwest Arkansas on April
29 in large part because there was no where else for all that water to go.
Flood of emotions: Coping with disaster-related feelings of loss, frustration, helplessness
LITTLE ROCK – Beyond the physical loss from a disaster, come the flood of emotions:
Helplessness. Frustration. Grief. These are some of the emotions those affected by
this week’s flooding may be experiencing.
Already flooded, Arkansas farmers awaiting impact of ‘big water’
CASH, Ark. – The view Monday morning through Bill Robertson’s windshield wasn’t good.
Flooding may turn accelerated Arkansas crop planting into replanting
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas row crop farmers who awoke Sunday to lakes where their newly
planted fields had been will be enduring a nail-biting week to see how fast the water
recedes, and how much new rain might fall Wednesday, all the while bracing for the
avalanche of water heading toward the Gulf of Mexico from parts north.